Whistler Champion of Arts & Culture – Presented by Whistler Real Estate & Arts Whistler 

This award recognizes an individual or a local business/organization who has contributed significantly to the development of arts and culture in Whistler. The award alternates annually between an individual recipient and a business/organization recipient.


An eligible business/organization must:

  • Support local Arts Culture and Heritage (ACH) events and programs through sponsorship, volunteerism, donated professional services or products or a link with marketing or public relations campaigns.
  • Demonstrate exceptional leadership, creative vision, and commitment in encouraging and developing partnerships between business and the arts.
  • Demonstrate support for the arts above and beyond the basic commercial benefits through advocacy, services and/or events, relative to the size of their business.

Meet the 2022 Finalists:

The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre provides visitors to Whistler an authentic Indigenous experience with the living culture of the Squamish Nation and Lil’wat First Nation.

Audain Art Museum

Centered on the art of BC, the Audain Art Museum exemplifies the richness of cultural difference in Canada, while hosting exhibitions from around the world.

Sushi Village

2021 Winner: Dave Petko (Black Ohm Tattoo)


Dave Petko, Black Ohm Tattoo

Dave Petko is an original Whistler artist; owns, and tattoos at, Black Ohm Tattoos; has called Whistler home for almost 30 years.


The 2020 winner 


The Fairmont Chateau Whistler

The Fairmont Chateau Whistler works tirelessly to elevate their guest experience, championing the best of Arts & Culture to compliment hospitality in Whistler.​


The 2019 winner 


Ira Pettle

“Thanks for reading my 25 word bio. With that first sentence being 7 words long, and this one being 12 words so far, I’m done.”


The 2018 winner 


Angie Nolan

An active volunteer, committee and board member, Angie has worked to create viable theatre and film events in the local arts community for over 20 years.


The 2017 winner 


Todd Lawson – Mountain Life Media 

Through stunning photography and meaningful editorial, Mountain Life’s goal is to showcase the diversity of outdoor sports, culture and characters of the Sea to Sky.

Thank you to our Award Sponsors